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Disposable surgical face masks for preventing surgical wound infection in clean surgery

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, April 2016
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  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#14 of 12,205)
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Title
Disposable surgical face masks for preventing surgical wound infection in clean surgery
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, April 2016
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd002929.pub3
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Authors

Marina Vincent, Peggy Edwards

Abstract

Surgical face masks were originally developed to contain and filter droplets containing microorganisms expelled from the mouth and nasopharynx of healthcare workers during surgery, thereby providing protection for the patient. However, there are several ways in which surgical face masks could potentially contribute to contamination of the surgical wound, e.g. by incorrect wear or by leaking air from the side of the mask due to poor string tension. To determine whether the wearing of disposable surgical face masks by the surgical team during clean surgery reduces postoperative surgical wound infection. In December 2015, for this seventh update, we searched: The Cochrane Wounds Specialised Register; The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; Ovid MEDLINE; Ovid MEDLINE (In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations); Ovid EMBASE and EBSCO CINAHL. We also searched the bibliographies of all retrieved and relevant publications. There were no restrictions with respect to language, date of publication or study setting. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing the use of disposable surgical masks with the use of no mask. Two review authors extracted data independently. We included three trials, involving a total of 2106 participants. There was no statistically significant difference in infection rates between the masked and unmasked group in any of the trials. We identified no new trials for this latest update. From the limited results it is unclear whether the wearing of surgical face masks by members of the surgical team has any impact on surgical wound infection rates for patients undergoing clean surgery.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 175 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 23 13%
Researcher 21 12%
Student > Bachelor 20 11%
Student > Postgraduate 12 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 6%
Other 29 17%
Unknown 60 34%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 49 28%
Nursing and Health Professions 16 9%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 6 3%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 6 3%
Engineering 5 3%
Other 22 13%
Unknown 71 41%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1452. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 06 October 2022.
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#14
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#83
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#1
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